Grab a pen and paper because we are going to write again today, but this time it’s for somebody else.
Who is someone you never properly thanked?
There is great benefit in valuing people over things. Most readers will agree with that statement, and many of you probably hope to live your life accordingly; but actions speak louder than words.
What do you formally thank people for?
Although a dying art, Americans culturally have sent thank you notes for gifts received; but is that the only thing you are thankful for?
When was the last time you sent a note to a friend, thanking her for being one? When did you last write a letter expressing gratitude for the influence a person has had on your life?
If it was only a short time ago, great! Write another.
If you can’t remember, write your first today!!
The recipient can be of this letter can be anyone — a sibling, a teacher/student (former or current), a friend — anyone! Maybe they are from your past; maybe they are in your life currently. Maybe you were very close; maybe you weren’t.
- Maybe it’s your hairdresser who makes you feel like a million bucks each time you visit
- Maybe it’s a high school friend you’ve lost touch with
- Maybe it’s the mailman who waves and smiles each day
- Maybe it’s a Nia instructor who encourages you to express yourself
- Maybe it’s a Small Group personal trainer who pushes you
- Maybe it’s a piano teacher whose love of and passion for music inspires you
Who has helped you in some way, shape, or form;
and to whom you owe a debt of gratitude?
Write that person a note.
It doesn’t have to be long. You don’t have to fill in all that’s happened or explain why you’re motivated to write. Just say thank you, and tell them what for. Express why they made a difference, even if a small one. That’s why you still remember!
You may not have their address; you may not know how to contact them. Set that problem aside for now. Get your words on paper first. You can find a way to contact them after the note is written Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
For now, get it on paper.